Đặng Thân is a notable bilingual poet, fiction writer and essayist, based in Vietnam. In the feature article, "Demilitarized Zone: Report From Literary Vietnam", the New York-based Poets & Writers wrote of Than: "In the literary circles he runs in, Dang is praised for his idiosyncratic prose and rebellious style." He is, of course, highly appreciated by the Vietnamese elite. There he is regarded "the typical figure of Post-Doi Moi Literature". He is considered "the best humourist ever" and even an "awesomely brilliant genius". Unfortunately, it has been repeatedly said that leading governmental departments in Vietnam instructed the "state-controlled" literary circle that his works were "harmful". From 2008 up to 2011, all publishing houses there had not been allowed to print any book of his for no righteous reason, and official state-run newspapers had been ordered to leave him in the dark.